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Given the emphasis on a warm, family-type atmosphere, it would be easy to assume a laid-back, rule-less school short on structure and discipline. Not so. Expected standards of behaviour are clear and 'all the usual systems are in place'. No alcohol allowed on premises, suspicion of drug taking renders a pupil liable to...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Classics (General) at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Art & Design at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Classics (General) at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking German at an English Independent School (Level1/2 certificates)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Classical Civilisation at an English Independent School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Resistant Materials at an English Independent School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Resistant Materials at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2016, Christopher Jeffrey BA (50s), previously head of The Grange School, Cheshire. Read history at York. Has also been deputy head at The Perse School, Cambridge. His wife is a nurse; three children. Very involved in the local church, plays the piano and guitar and composes music in his spare time. Fast talking and energetic.

Junior school head since 2013, Mrs Helen Todd, previously deputy head at Edge Grove School and before that head of English and drama at Aysgarth School. Married with two young children.

Academic matters

In recent years the school has transformed itself from middle-of-the-road into a Yorkshire leader. Staff aren’t exactly sure how this has happened but point to an infectious work ethic ('it's OK to achieve'), backed up by individual attention (Quaker maxim is 'seek...

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Special Education Needs

We do not feel that we have particular special needs facilities which would mark us out as being better equipped than any other school of our type, i.e. one focused on a traditional academic curriculum aimed at select university application. Obviously we do feel that the Quaker ethos gives a particular style to the school which is manifest in the way individuals are treated but this is open to all our pupils and not targeted on those with special needs or gifts. We do not for example have a special needs department, we do not have a dyslexia unit, we do not have particular facilities for physical special needs - indeed the old buildings present us with a real challenge in simply meeting the basic legislative requirements for accessibility! We will always treat each application sympathetically as any school is bound to do but we feel that there is a real danger for us in fostering expectations, because of our reputation for friendliness, which can not be met. GSG says: this is taking modesty to extremes! Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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